Posted on September 18, 2016 by ADMIN

Arsenal win yet another game without a striker!

Third straight league victory with no striker again… by Konstantin Mitov

Hello fellow fine Gooners around the globe! So Arsenal maintained our 100% away record away at Hull City winning the game by 4 goals to 1. This is our third straight win, a feast we haven’t head since Christmas!

The starting line up was questionable once more, with Xhaka again on the bench and no striker. People will slate me again for saying this, but Arsene for me is riding his luck big time. Why the no striker? I mean Sanchez did score, but a lot of the time we didn’t have that hitman in the box.

Look, we played Hull after all and our pace was too good for them, but there were some old fragilities showing. We missed a penalty. The second missed out of 4 this season. Last year we got 2 penalties the entire season. Why did Alexis take the penalty instead of Santi?

Speaking of Cazorla he escaped the red card and should’ve been subbed straight away. He was one foul away from seeing red and he still played 15 more minutes. No need to mention we have Xhaka who looks a beast, costs a fortune, scored a stunner and is somehow warming the bench for… Coquelen.

I mean, you could often see Coquelen up front of Sanchez and our back 4 was seriously exposed, just like in the PSG game. And again I think Monreal was struggling with even the little work he had to do. As I said before, we lack backup for the full backs and the pairing of Cazorla and Coquelin, two players lacking pace and physical presence as a DM duo will not get us far, but it will get us past Hull City.

On the positive side, Iwobi looked good. Much better than the Ox has looked so far this season and that backheel was so lovely. Theo’s pace made impact for all of our goals, but I hope that he can repeat that next week against Chelsea, because Hull weren’t exactly very good at defending this game.

Speaking of the blues they got beaten by Liverpool at the bridge after a draw with Swansea and adding that to the fact Costa saved them so many points, when he should’ve been sent off in two of their games it seems like not all is good with Conte, despite the fact it’s better than last season.

We couldn’t beat them last year when they were terrible and I look forward to seeing how Arsene will approach it this time, hopefully we’ll have a striker on the field at least. The problem for me is, that even against Hull, who were reduced to 10 men and we had 2 goal lead, that Arsenal moment came out of nowhere and Cech could’ve been sent off.

We survived the scare and quickly restored our lead, but we allow easy chances even when there’s nothing troubling us. Seeing the way City destroy teams, I still feel we are miles off them, but we got good results in recent weeks and hopefully we’ll build on them starting with Chelsea next week.


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20 thoughts on “Arsenal win yet another game without a striker!

  1. Tidan2

    Coquelin has been one of our best players so far and not only are you slating him, you can’t even spell his name right.

  2. Al the Gooner

    I can’t agree with much in this article. The much maligned Coq had a fine game in general. As for “we lack backup for the full backs and the pairing of Cazorla and Coquelin”
    Really? Gibbs is about as good as they come as a back up LB, Debuchy is no slouch and in case you missed it we have Elneney and Xhaka as cover for Santi/Coq not Arteta/Flamini.

    Our problems are further forward, neither wingers give much cover to the full backs and we just look confused up front with no focal point.

  3. Robin Vanpayslip

    Don’t see how Cech could have been sent off. You only get sent off for denying a clear goal scoring opportunity. The striker had already kicked it to his left past the sight of goal by the time Cech tackled him

    1. mkgooner

      Even if he was going to score new rules mean penalties and red cards cannot be given: yellow and pen or free kick and red

  4. tissiam

    you realise that when your team wins 4-1 and people can,t come up with any positive comments and that their arguments come down to”he could have….if….we were lucky…..”that these people have lost any sense of partiality,common sense. they are blinded by their dislike/anger towards the manager,i don,t mind constructive criticism but to criticize for the sake of it nah,very sad state of affair. COYG!!

  5. Twig

    If I was Wenger I will seriously consider benching Sanchez as punishment for taking a penalty against clear instructions. Unfortunately, Giroud and Perez are still in first gear, so we have no choice but to continue playing Sanchez.

    1. Break-on-through

      I want Alexis to be greedy. He robbed Iwobi’s goal, and he robbed Santi’s penno, good stuff. We want him scoring as many as he possibly can, and goals give confidence.

  6. Arsenal_Girl

    Usually the Champions have a striker that scores 20 goals+ or midfielder that scores 20 goals +
    ie. Vardy, Costa, Aguero, Van Persie, Toure, Tevez, Rooney, Ronaldo, Van Nistleroy, Henry
    In fact I can’t remember the last time a club won the PL without a 20+ goal scorer

    However, its not impossible. United, City, Chelsea are at an advantage by having Ibrahimovic, Aguero, Costa but we can still win if Alexis, Giroud, Theo and Perez have great season and help us win matches

    If we play hard and play great as a team we can achieve great things

    Giroud had a horrible 15 PL game non-scoring streak but still managed 16 goals, so he could still have his best season and score 20
    Alexis has had a good start
    Theo has scored 2

    Just play as a team and focus on winning the next match and who knows?

    1. jonestown1

      I don’t know how old you are Arsenal Girl but the PL was won by teams without a “20+ goal scorer” in 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998 (yeah!), 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2015. Put simply about 60% of the time the winners don’t have 20+ scorers. A 20+ guy is always gonna be handy but in no way is it any sort of guarantee.

  7. Break-on-through

    I thought there was great support in the box for that game. Even Coquelin was keeping players busy. Iwobi and Alexis played well inside the box, and Walcott hit it into good areas for them. And when it was one of the other two with the ball, I thought Walcott was getting into good areas. I thought they done well. I thought our midfielders were giving them good support. I loved how Alexis nicked Iwobi’s goal, a real poacher thing to do. And correct me if I’m wrong, but did three of our goals not come from inside the box. Some people wouldn’t know what to do with themselves if complaining was outlawed.

  8. goona

    “the pairing of Cazorla and Coquelin, two players lacking pace and physical presence as a DM duo will not get us far”
    It is the first time in my life reading that Le Coq LACKS physical presence,what the fuuk are you smoking.We just won a game of football by a large margin and you are moaning?

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